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Scientists Discuss the Taste of the First Lab-Grown Hamburger: VIDEO


On Friday, Towleroad reported that today the first lab-grown beef hamburger was scheduled to be assembled, cooked, and devoured in the hopes that it would be a viable replacement for that raised in factory farms.

2_burgerToday, Mark Post, the scientist who led the team, and two volunteers tried it out. The AP reports:

Two volunteers who took the first public bites of hamburger grown in a laboratory gave it good marks for texture but agreed there was something missing. "I miss the salt and pepper," said Austrian nutritionist Hanni Ruetzler.

U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald confessed to a difficulty in judging a burger "without ketchup or onions or jalapenos or bacon." Both tasters shunned the bun, lettuce and sliced tomatoes offered to them to concentrate on the flavor of the meat itself.

Mark Post, the Dutch scientist who led the team that grew the meat from cattle stem cells, regretted having served the patty without his favorite topping: aged gouda cheese. "That would have enhanced the whole experience tremendously," he told The Associated Press. He said he was pleased with the reviews: "It's not perfect, but it's a good start."

Watch the taste tester discussion, and Google founder Sergey Brin talks about why he funded the project, AFTER THE JUMP...

Sergey Brin, the Google founder who backed the project, talks about lab-made beef:

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  1. I guess this is reported on Towleroad because gay men are always interested in new meat.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 5, 2013 8:48:25 PM

  2. hell i thought that is what mcdonalds has been serving right along

    Posted by: walter | Aug 5, 2013 8:54:03 PM

  3. If they can sell it for cheaper than traditional beef, and it's for all practical purposes identical, then I have no problem giving it a try. I would be stupid not to.

    Posted by: Merv | Aug 5, 2013 9:49:48 PM

  4. so you take soil, water, cow, tomato seeds, wheat and you grow them in a closed-room . Fascination .

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 5, 2013 10:10:29 PM

  5. I prefer steak. I mean, is this nonsense supposed to save cows or something? I thought they farted and caused global warming.

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 5, 2013 10:23:17 PM

  6. I'd like them to work on new meat. The kind that leaves a bulge. I wouldn't mind watching it grow in a closed room.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 5, 2013 10:49:35 PM

  7. I like my hamburgers to be juicy.

    Posted by: zeddy | Aug 5, 2013 11:39:04 PM

  8. I don't know how people call it unnatural... It isn't created from nothing. Just because they don't understand what stem cells are doesn't make it unnatural. These are the same people who will reject replacement organs grown from their own stem cells in the future because it isn't "natural". Just like JO Ho's do with blood transfers. Smells like "Natural" will become it's own religion soon.

    Posted by: Tonez | Aug 6, 2013 3:40:12 AM

  9. Are cows becoming extinct or something? Can't people put their efforts into something more useful?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 6, 2013 8:16:56 AM

  10. Well said, Tonez.

    Anyone who has seen the inside of a slaughterhouse will recognize that this development is a good thing. Further, the meat would be cleaner and safer - if people knew the amount of fecal bacteria and other contaminants in most meat they would become instant vegans.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 6, 2013 9:17:34 AM

  11. For people confused in this thread: the benefit of "growing" meat in this way would be lowering cattle numbers, meaning fewer pollutants in the atmosphere, less agriculture (plants and farm space) going to feed and pasture space needed, and arguably a more humane way of procuring meat. If it tastes good, is safe, and is less expensive, it's a win all around.

    That being said, I'm glad their response to "What does it taste like?" was to whine it lacked salt, pepper, and cheese.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Aug 6, 2013 9:19:27 AM

  12. @ those claiming this is cleaner than animal processing

    That can not be claimed yet. No outside group has investigated the process/ peer review

    We only have the producers/ investors behind it perspective. Let the FDA and EPA in to look at the entire process then you might be able to claim such

    it might be better than industrial big corp meat processing

    But there is no argument there that it is unbalanced.

    that it might be better than ORGANIC meat farming (which is superior, safer, more humane, and less polluting than big agro)is debatable till & will not be surprised to find that it Organic is less polluting than this industrial processing in another form

    It has also NOT been compared nutritionally to regular meat by anyone outside of the creators/ investors/ backers. PEER REVIEW research will settle that but it isn't settled YET

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 6, 2013 10:31:19 AM

  13. Moz: Seriously? Thats what you take from this article? This is not some miracle face cream. This is stem cells from meat grown into big enough chunks that it could be ground up and made into hamburger. If this becomes cost effective it would be great. No more suffering of cattle, no more nasty bacteria in the meat, no more grains going to cattle instead of to feed people, smaller usage of land for cattle feed lots, and pastures, no more nasty run off into streams from cattle waste.
    This is a very good thing.
    Stem cells make proteins that would have occurred naturally. That's it. This is the same meat that the cow would have made. That's what stem cells do. Nutritionally they would be identical. Any difference would be due to the ratio of fat to meat. This is pure meat with no fat which is why they described it as kind of dry. But that can be fixed too by the same process. They would just need to grown fat cells to add to the meat in grinding. Just like butchers do now. They take lean meats and add fats during the grinding process to make the various grades of ground meat.

    Posted by: Liam | Aug 6, 2013 11:05:44 AM

  14. You could make chopped beef but not steak, so it won't really end cattle raising.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 6, 2013 12:04:50 PM

  15. Liam

    stem cells do not grow without nutrient input

    they do not subsist on air and some magical ether

    the processing requires input and managing which requires chemicals and results in wastes

    on a large scale it might be superior to big agro biz production but inferior to organic

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 6, 2013 12:27:36 PM

  16. PS also do not ignore the electrical needs produced by polluting processes

    oil, gas, coal whatever

    stem cells do not grow magically from air and fairy dust

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 6, 2013 12:28:44 PM

  17. Can I have some Soylent Green with my artificial cow?

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Aug 6, 2013 8:48:43 PM

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